This introductory Spanish course focuses on the Latin culture—the Latin world in general as well as the culture of Spain—and is structured to help students begin conversing almost immediately in Spanish. Students will practice pronunciation, patterns, basic grammar, reading, and writing about familiar topics. Conversation practice and weekly Today’s Specials (grammar, culture and vocabulary lessons) happen in the Conversation Café where students will interact with other students and course TAs. This Spanish course includes many interactive activities and live one-on-one speaking appointments. This is the first course in a six-part Spanish series (SPAN 041, SPAN 043, SPAN 051, SPAN 053, SPAN 061, and SPAN 063).
Students will need access to a computer with high speed Internet access, a microphone, speakers (or headphones), and a webcam. There are no resubmissions or retakes on instructor-graded assignments, unit quizzes, the midterm quiz or the final exam. On speaking appointments, the lowest score may be dropped. You must complete the speaking appointment in each unit before you can move on to the next unit.
Course Outline: 
Unit 1: Mucho gusto
Unit 2: ¿Qué tiempo hace?
Unit 3: ¿Cómo es?
Unit 4: ¿Qué día es hoy?
Unit 5: ¿Qué estudias?
Unit 6: ¿Qué hacen los estudiantes?
Unit 7: Yo, tú, él, ella...
Unit 8: ¿Dónde estás?